Situated at the distance of 3 km from the Panaji, a lovely and enchanting golden beach of soft sand covered with palm trees facing the blue Arabian Sea is the Miramar beach. This beach was originally popular as the 'Gasper Dias Beach' and it is the point where Mandovi River merges with the Arabian Sea. It's a romantic gateway for adventure freaks, beach lovers and honeymoon couples. The 2 km long coast vaunts of splendid, soft silvery sand bed that glitter in the moonlight and offer colourful view of the Aguanda fort. Miramar beach offers a fascinating view of the magnificent Portuguese fort across the river. Beach lovers can get a beautiful glimpse of the grandeur of the Arabian Sea from the beach. No doubt, it has peaceful surroundings and solitude, which draws thousands of tourists at this place to rejuvenate and take the pleasure of a tranquil atmosphere.
Miramar is the place to dowse in the ocean and cosset in a dolphin spotting tour. While you are in the dolphin tour in the shared boat, you may view big vessels and the bungalow, named as 'Diamond Merchant' where the Bollywood film 'Haseena Maan Jayegi' was shot and the oldest jail of Goa, from the distance. In brief, the beach is indeed a big pleasure to one's eyes and a perfect spot to hangout for bird watchers too. Whatever it would be like seclusion, sightseeing, shopping or tourist destination, you will not feel like looking beyond the Miramar beach in Goa.
There are many reputed hotels, resorts and guesthouses around Miramar that offer modern amenities with comfortable stay. Whether it's about luxury, deluxe or economical hotels, all ranges of lodgings are available with best services. One of the most nearest hotel from Miramar beach is Miramar Residency that belongs to Goa Tourism Department.
Few other hotels and resorts where you can stay during your visit to Goa include following:
Here are some recommended activities which you can do on Miramar beach:
Adventure Sports- There is National Institute of Water sports, located at the Cabo Raj Bhavan hillock where you can get perfect training on water sports activities.
Leisure Activities- Miramar Beach is a perfect beach destination for strolling and evening walks. You will simply love to stroll on the soft white sand and along with that you can explore some gift shops that are lined up on Miramar beach. Apart from sightseeing, tourists can also buy gift items, displayed on the beach-stalls.
Eating at Miramar- There are plenty of eating spots in Miramar like Martin's Beach Corner, Food-land, and Sea View, which are located nearby Miramar Residency. You can relish and rejuvenate various sea foods and drinks while taking sunbath on the beach.
A visit to Miramar Beach gives a wonderful insight into the several cultures and traditions of Goa. There are plenty of sightseeing places and tourist attractions to visit in and around the Miramar. With its delicious cuisines and drinks, this place is perfectly braced to provide you pleasant experience.
Some of the famous attractions located nearby Miramar include following:
Church of our Lady of the Immaculate- It's a shiny picturesque church, which is considered as a spiritual place and geographical centre. It is piled as a fancy white wedding cake.
Goa State Museum- It's a fascinating museum with varied ranges of items like Portuguese-era furniture, Hindu & Jain sculptures, bronzes, ancient coins, etc.
Archaeological Museum- Located within the premises of the Convent of St. Francis of Assisi, this museum is just 14 km away from Miramar and it showcases a huge collection of historical and medieval period. The sculptures and artefacts shown at the museum highlight the image of Goa, which was earlier under the rule Portuguese.
St. Lawrence Church- It's a beautiful church devoted to St. Lawrence, who was known as a patron saint of the sailors. It's a major tourist attraction that has various beautiful structures. It encompasses a group of buildings with a courtyard and residence. The faÃ§ade is covered by a big cosseted doorway and includes a plain triangular gable with a single window in round shape.
Fort Aguada- This ancient structure is situated around 20.6 km away from Miramar, which was built during the reign of the Portuguese. This fort is very popular for its colonial architecture and the citadel that has an ancient lighthouse. At present, the fort is converted into a central jail.
Dr. Salim Ali Bird Sanctuary- Located at the distance of 10.2 km away from Miramar, this bird sanctuary is connected along the Mandovi River and is named after the popular Indian ornithologist, Dr. Salim Ali. There are around 400 species of local and migratory birds. In fact, a huge variety of fish and insects are also found over here that are enclosed by mangrove vegetation.
Dona Paula Beach- It's a famous beach spot for tourists as every year the feast of St. Lawrence, annually water sports festival and Janmashtami are celebrated here. This place is popular for special goan drinks i.e. feni and port wine.
Assagao- It's a small village located at the distance of 22.4 km from Miramar. This village is popular for its tropical gardens and springs, which are believed to retain healing powers.
Other places of interest to enjoy a memorable vacation include Pomburpa, St. Michael's Church, Reis Magos Fort, Church of St. Alex and beaches like Baga, Anjuna, Sinquerim, etc.
Nightlife in Miramar is exciting and there are several ways to enliven the evening. If you wanna dance to the rhythm of the ocean, then hook up a group of your friends with some Goan famous drink and food & rock the beach. One of the famous DJ Ryan Pinto (Plug n Play) in Goa Marriott Resort will simply make you dance and lost in his tunes till the wee hours. Or else you can also visit Panjim Floating Casinos as it is one of the famous sites of North Goa.
Including above, there are some famous pubs and bars around Miramar that also draw thousands of tourist at night and they are like:
Travel by Airway: Dabolim Airport is the nearest airport which is at the distance of 34 km from Miramar. The airport is well connected to major cities of India like Mumbai, Delhi and Chennai. From the airport, you can hire taxi to reach at the Miramar beach.
Travel by Railway: The Karmali Railway Station is just at a distance of 12 km from Miramar. Other railheads include Margao and Vasco Da Gama.
Travel by Roadway: Panaji bus station (3 km) is well connected to Minamar beach, from where you can take government (Kadamba Transport Corporation, KTC) and private buses to reach the beach. It just takes 15 minutes to reach the beach from Panaji.
Best Time to Visit- November to March is the best time to visit here as the weather is quite pleasant.
However, when it comes to choose one of the best Goa holiday packages, you simply dream for an ideal holiday retreat that have soothing sea facing spa and luxury accommodation along with several beach activities and all these you can get at Miramar. So, if you are planning for holidaying in Goa, you should visit Miramar Beach as it is an inherent part of the socio-cultural countryside and hence provides a perceptive glimpse into life. For the best deals and holiday packages, you can select according to your budget as Tour My India brings exciting offers for beach lovers or honeymoon couples to spend pleasurable days in the world of beaches.